The i8 was a gamechanger and a modern icon

BMW stopped producing the i8 in April 2020. The i8 has a special place in my heart. It’s not my favourite car. It is not my favourite BMW. However, I love the i8 for two very specific things.

In its day, and even till today, the i8 looks like a concept to many. The design of the i8 looks like the ultimate dream of a BMW designer. Even if BMW launch the i8 again, then it will look like it’s a brand new car because the i8 is future-proof. It’s got a hybrid system, cutting-edge tech, sharp styling and (not to forget) butterfly doors. And I love the i8 for its superhero-car like looks and hybrid tech.

You can compare the BMW i8 with the Porsche Taycan. The Taycan has paved the path for future Porsches. The BMW i8 not only paved the path for other future BMW hybrids, but for other companies to follow and implement the hybrid technology in everyday cars.

Some people say that the BMW i8 was launched early, which might be right but with the i8 BMW showed to the world what they could do. It is a car which will still look brand new in our children’s day and age but will be regarded as a classic. The i8 was BMW’s statement of intent. With this car BMW showed to the world what they could do.

The picture above is the perfect example of how BMW’s design has progressed. While the i8 might seem like a concept here, it is real and this shows us how forward thinking the BMW designers are. To be parked beside cars like the M1 and Z8 shows the potential of the i8. While the power output of 374hp might seem less to people, it was perfect for a car like the i8.

The i8 is a car that will stay in our hearts for years to come. The i8 is a future-classic; and even Marc Thiesbürger from BMW Group Classic agrees with this statement of mine. 

The BMW i8 combines many unique attributes: sports car, coupé or roadster, pioneer, brand-shaper, innovator, future-oriented design. A typical future classic,” said the German brand’s history expert while bidding adieu to the i8. 

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